Very beautiful antique aka-raku (red raku) chawan (teabowl) with Raku 11th generation Keinyû (1817-1902)'s seal. Early Meiji Era.
Born as a son of Ogawa Naohachi, a sake brewer from Tanba, the present Kameoka City in Kyoto, he was taken into the Raku family as Tannyu's son-in-law. He succeeded as the 11th generation in 1845. He retired in 1871, assuming the name of Keinyu. The period he lived through was an age of transformation from the feudalism of the Tokugawa Shogunate to the modernization of Meiji government introducing the modern cultural prospects from the West. At the same time he saw the collapse of traditional culture including the tea culture. Over a 60 year long production of ceramics under such unfavourable circumstances.
Keinyu, however, vigorously made a variety of ceramics, not only tea bowls but other tea utensils as well as decorative objects.
His ceramics are exibited in many museums, also in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Height : 7,3 cm
Diam. : 11,5 cm